So the low down on the above mentioned article is that there was a report sent to the powers that be in the UN about acts of violence committed against women in the run up to elections in Zimbabwe as a way of intimidating voters.
The fuss is that this information was not included in what is known as "the naming and Shaming resolution" UN Security Council Resolution 1960. It was focused entirely on sexual violence in situations of armed conflict,in response to Resolutions 1820 and 1888 also dealing explicitly with sexual violence in conflict, the Security Council asked the Secretary-General, in his annual reports on the issue, to include “detailed information on parties to armed conflict that are credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for rape etc.
I found the fact that Zimbabwe was missed off interesting, and unfathomable. I would get it if all the women of all the nations mentioned were treated with the same lack of attention and care but it is very odd that Zimbabwe is left out.
If I were to call out the men that I know on this touchy subject they would be offended and probably hurt at the thought that I was “accusing” them personally – I am not. As a bloc of the population of our planet I say that societies actions against women speak louder than words and laws. There are men (and women) that do believe that women are equal to men. They are generally from an environment that have had ideas about human compassion and equality for all drummed into them from the time they entered kindergarten. Or they come from families with strong opinionated women married to strong opinionated men!
Lastly - on the whole rape in conflict issue in relation to the equality of rights for men and women. I resent Woman’s Day DEEPLY. I resent that it is “Celebrated” It is not a celebration. I get that such a day is desperately needed to highlight issues such as those laid out the report. I resent that the report was instigated at the request of a group called The Girl-Child Network. I resent the need for being represented by a group supporting children, I am a fully grown adult. I am grateful that the Girl Child network highlight this situation to the group AIDS-Free World and that it was made available for me to read.
Every time I hear or read in the media about "women and children" my blood fairly boils over. I do not want to be classed with children in my success's or in my suffering. I want to read about the suffering of Children and the suffering of Men and Women. Well actually I don't want to read about anyone suffering but I think you get my drift.